1997–98 A.F.C. Bournemouth season

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Bournemouth
1997–98 season
ChairmanTrevor Watkins
ManagerMel Machin
StadiumDean Court
Second Division9th
FA CupThird round
League CupFirst round
Auto Windscreens ShieldRunners up
Top goalscorerLeague: S Fletcher (12)
All: Robinson/S Fletcher (13)
Average home league attendance4,732

During the 1997–98 English football season, A.F.C. Bournemouth competed in the Football League Second Division.

Season summary[edit]

In the 1997–98 season, Bournemouth finished again mid-table in 9th place. The main highlight of their season was the Cherries reaching the Football League Trophy final against Grimsby Town but ended up losing 2–1 to a golden goal in their first Wembley appearance.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Watford 46 13 7 3 36 22 11 9 3 31 19 67 41 +26 88
2 Bristol City 46 16 5 2 41 17 9 5 9 28 22 69 39 +30 85
3 Grimsby Town 46 11 7 5 30 14 8 8 7 25 23 55 37 +18 72
4 Northampton Town 46 14 5 4 33 17 4 12 7 19 20 52 37 +15 71
5 Bristol Rovers 46 13 2 8 43 33 7 8 8 27 31 70 64 +6 70
6 Fulham 46 12 7 4 31 14 8 3 12 29 29 60 43 +17 70
7 Wrexham 46 10 10 3 31 23 8 6 9 24 28 55 51 +4 70
8 Gillingham 46 13 7 3 30 18 6 6 11 22 29 52 47 +5 70
9 Bournemouth 46 11 8 4 28 15 7 4 12 29 37 57 52 +5 66
10 Chesterfield 46 13 7 3 31 19 3 10 10 15 25 46 44 +2 65
11 Wigan Athletic 46 12 5 6 41 31 5 6 12 23 35 64 66 –2 62
12 Blackpool 46 13 6 4 35 24 4 5 14 24 43 59 67 –8 62
13 Oldham Athletic 46 13 7 3 43 23 2 9 12 19 31 62 54 +8 61
14 Wycombe Wanderers 46 10 10 3 32 20 4 8 11 19 33 51 53 –2 60
15 Preston North End 46 10 6 7 29 26 5 8 10 27 30 56 56 ±0 59
16 York City 46 9 7 7 26 21 5 10 8 26 37 52 58 –6 59
17 Luton Town 46 7 7 9 35 38 7 8 8 25 26 60 64 –4 57
18 Millwall 46 7 8 8 23 23 7 5 11 20 31 43 54 –11 55
19 Walsall 46 10 8 5 26 16 4 4 15 17 36 43 52 –9 54
20 Burnley 46 10 9 4 34 23 3 4 16 21 42 55 65 –10 52
21 Brentford 46 9 7 7 33 29 2 10 11 17 42 50 71 –21 50
22 Plymouth Argyle 46 10 5 8 36 30 2 8 13 19 40 55 70 –15 49
23 Carlisle United 46 8 5 10 27 28 4 3 16 30 45 57 73 –16 44
24 Southend United 46 8 7 8 29 30 3 3 17 18 49 47 79 –32 43
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
Relegated

Results[edit]

Bournemouth's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Northampton Town A 2–0 6,384 Vincent, S Fletcher
16 August 1997 Wigan Athletic H 1–0 16,524 Rolling
23 August 1997 Oldham Athletic A 1–2 4,986 Robinson
30 August 1997 Blackpool H 2–0 4,196 Tomlinson, Robinson
2 September 1997 Bristol Rovers H 1–1 5,550 Robinson (pen)
5 September 1997 Gillingham A 1–2 5,168 S Fletcher
13 September 1997 Luton Town H 1–1 4,561 O'Neill
20 September 1997 Bristol City A 1–1 8,330 Robinson
27 September 1997 Grimsby Town H 0–1 3,712
4 October 1997 Chesterfield A 1–1 4,482 Rolling
11 October 1997 Preston North End A 1–0 8,531 Warren
18 October 1997 Fulham H 2–1 7,484 Cox (2)
21 October 1997 Millwall H 0–0 4,752
25 October 1997 Burnley A 2–2 9,501 Howe, Vincent
1 November 1997 Brentford H 0–0 4,772
4 November 1997 Wrexham A 1–2 2,462 Warren
8 November 1997 Plymouth Argyle A 0–3 5,067
18 November 1997 Southend United H 2–1 3,019 S Fletcher, Warren
22 November 1997 Carlisle United H 3–2 3,709 S Fletcher, Beardsmore, O'Neill
29 November 1997 Wycombe Wanderers A 1–1 4,340 Robinson (pen)
2 December 1997 York City H 0–0 3,365
13 December 1997 Walsall A 1–2 3,548 Robinson
20 December 1997 Watford H 0–1 6,081
26 December 1997 Gillingham H 4–0 5,672 Jones (2), Robinson, Young
28 December 1997 Bristol Rovers A 3–5 7,256 Jones, Cox, Robinson (pen)
10 January 1998 Northampton Town H 3–0 4,257 Jones, S Fletcher, Young
17 January 1998 Blackpool A 0–1 4,550
24 January 1998 Oldham Athletic H 0–0 4,079
31 January 1998 Luton Town A 2–1 5,466 Brissett, S Fletcher
7 February 1998 Bristol City H 1–0 6,623 S Fletcher
14 February 1998 Chesterfield H 2–0 4,271 Warren (2)
21 February 1998 Grimsby Town A 1–2 5,456 Warren
24 February 1998 Fulham A 1–0 7,708 Robinson
28 February 1998 Preston North End H 0–2 5,009
3 March 1998 Plymouth Argyle H 3–3 3,545 S Fletcher (2), Vincent
7 March 1998 Brentford A 2–3 4,973 Rolling (2)
14 March 1998 Wrexham H 0–1 5,512
21 March 1998 Southend United A 3–5 4,823 Stein, Bailey, S Fletcher
28 March 1998 Carlisle United A 1–0 4,951 Stein
4 April 1998 Wycombe Wanderers H 0–0 4,271
7 April 1998 Wigan Athletic A 0–1 2,798
11 April 1998 York City A 1–0 2,840 O'Neill
14 April 1998 Walsall H 1–0 3,404 S Fletcher
25 April 1998 Burnley H 2–1 6,527 Robinson (pen), S Fletcher
28 April 1998 Watford A 1–2 12,834 Stein
2 May 1998 Millwall A 2–1 7,872 Witter (own goal), Stein

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 15 November 1997 Heybridge Swifts H 3–0 3,385 Beardsmore, Robinson (2)
R2 7 December 1997 Bristol City H 3–1 5,687 Carey (own goal), O'Neill, Fletcher
R3 13 January 1998 Huddersfield Town H 0–1 7,385

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st Leg 12 August 1997 Torquay United H 0–1 3,215
R1 2nd Leg 26 August 1997 Torquay United A 1–1 (lost 1-2 on agg) 2,278 Rolling

Football League Trophy[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SR2 6 January 1998 Leyton Orient H 2–0 1,732 Jones, Robinson (pen)
SQF 27 January 1998 Bristol City H 1–0 2,124 Vincent
SSF 17 February 1998 Luton Town H 1–0 5,367 Rolling
Southern F 1st Leg 10 March 1998 Walsall A 2–0 6,017 Rolling, Beardsmore
Southern F 2nd Leg 17 March 1998 Walsall H 2–3 (won 4-3 on agg) 8,972 Evans (own goal), Rolling
F 19 April 1998 Grimsby Town N 1–2 62,432 Bailey

Squad[edit]

[2] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
- England GK Jimmy Glass
- Trinidad and Tobago DF Ian Cox
- England DF Neil Young
- England DF Jamie Vincent
- England DF Eddie Howe
- Northern Ireland MF Steve Robinson
- England MF John Bailey
- England MF Christer Warren
- England MF Russell Beardsmore
- England FW Steve Fletcher
- Scotland FW John O'Neill
- France DF Franck Rolling
- England MF Mark Rawlinson
No. Position Player
- England MF Jason Brissett
- England FW Mark Stein
- England FW Graeme Tomlinson (on loan from Manchester United)
- England DF Paul Teather
- England FW Steve Jones (on loan from Charlton Athletic)
- England MF Justin Harrington
- England MF Michael Dean
- England FW David Town
- England FW James Hayter
- Scotland DF Rob Murray
- Wales MF Carl Fletcher
- England DF Anthony Griffin

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